After Nearly 150 Years, Ringling Bros. Closing ‘Greatest Show On Earth’ And Twitter Has Opinions

by 2 years ago

The tents are being packed away and the curtain is coming down forever for “The Greatest Show on Earth.” After 146 years, the Ringling Bros. Circus is closing.

The reasons for the show coming to a close included high operating costs, declining attendance and changing public tastes. Another huge factor is pressure and mounting legal battles with animal rights advocates. The circus became an American phenomenon known for its exotic animals including elephants, lions, and tigers. Elephants had been the symbol of the circus since an Asian pachyderm named Jumbo was brought to the show in 1882. However, the long and costly legal battle with animal rights advocates forced the circus to retire its elephants last year. Ticket sales suffered as a result.

The circus will perform 30 more shows, with its last being on May 21 at the Nassau Coliseum.

PETA and Seth MacFarlane were stoked.

Comedian Jay Mohr made jokes.

Anti-Trump individuals all had the same joke including George Takei.

Ann Coulter had this take.

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